Residents from the Yellow Pine development area have shared their disapproval and interest in the possible utility extension project.

On Wednesday, Feb. 24, City Manager Jonathan Smith shared survey results from residents on Yellow Pine Drive, Lakeside Estates and Lilac Drive. Residents could choose from four responses to gage their interest in continuing with the project: definite yes, leaning yes, leaning no and absolutely not. All Lakeside Estates and Lilac Drive residents who attended or completed the survey said no. The city likely would not follow up on those portions based on the lack of interest.

The 21 Yellow Pine Drive resident responses included nine yes, two leaning yes, three leaning no and seven no. There are 31 total properties on this road. If the city and residents continue the project, people who said yes could be added to the city utilities in one to three years. Those leaning no but wanting more information could be added in five to 10 years.

If the city were to move forward only with the Yellow Pine Drive portion, the costs would decrease for property owners since the road does not have to be replaced. However, the city would incur additional costs because the pumping station and force main were to be split between the three portions, Smith said.

The city would also have to go through an annexation process for the area, which landowners and Perham Township could petition against. The city could also partner with Perham Township on a possible plan.

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The council will discuss any further steps on the project at the next City Council meeting on March 8.

Other business discussed by the Committee of the Whole:

  • The HUB project is making good progress with the old portions of the building completely demolished and the plumbing and roof finished on the reconstruction portion.

  • The Perham Area Community Center bids open on March 11. The bid includes options for the entire project scope as well as optional items. Fundraising is at approximately $10 million, including the sales tax revenue.